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Eyvind Earle concept painting of Lady, Tramp, Tony, and Joe from Lady and the Tramp

Large and impressive Eyvind Earle concept painting for Lady and the Tramp's beloved 'Bella Notte' scene

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Large and impressive Eyvind Earle concept painting for Lady and the Tramp's beloved 'Bella Notte' scene

(Walt Disney Studios, 1955) Exquisite original panorama concept painting by Eyvind Earle from Lady and the Tramp, beautifully rendering the iconic 'Bella Notte' scene in the alleyway behind Tony's Restaurant. The exquisite painting shows Lady and Tramp seated at the candlelit table as Tony and Joe serenade them during their romantic spaghetti supper. This preliminary concept differs from the film's final version in that the table lacks a tablecloth. Accomplished in gouache on 21.5 x 6 artist's board, the highly detailed painting boasts all the hallmarks of Earle's production work—a refined and well-selected palette, superb use of light, and dramatic, yet well-composed, perspective. From the glow in the door frame to the textured brickwork, no small detail was overlooked in the creation of this masterpiece. Signed neatly in the lower right corner in white paint by Eyvind Earle. In fine condition, with tack holes to corners.

Though chiefly employed as a background artist, Eyvind Earle was also assigned to create concepts for Lady and the Tramp's 'Sequence 7'—otherwise known as the 'Bella Notte' scene. In accomplishing the task, he created almost 50 miniature concept sketches, and—as here evinced—several larger ones. He was a key contributor to the animation of the classic film and would go on to serve as production designer for Sleeping Beauty. A remarkable piece of original artwork prepared for one of Disney's most iconic scenes by one of its most celebrated artists.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #688 - Ended March 13, 2024